[Talk-us] Tiger Street Names and Copyright

Russ Nelson nelson at crynwr.com
Mon Feb 2 05:42:13 GMT 2009

Chris Lawrence writes:
 > I think OSM is probably on the safest legal ground by stating that you
 > shouldn't copy anything from any map (at least no map that isn't under
 > a compatible license or in the public domain),

To be clear, you are replying to Ian Dees (given the References
header) and not my claim that the two cited terraservice layers are in
the public domain.  I also agree that copying street names off
somebody else's map is not advisable.  Even if there is no purposeful
Easter Egg, replications of errors only present in the map is evidence
of copying, and it is copying that copyright exists to control.

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